Texas is a land of wide open spaces. Unfortunately, one couple's 1950s ranch in Austin's Travis Heights neighborhood was anything but. The one-story home felt dated and dark with a chopped-up layout and no real master bedroom. But the California transplants saw plenty of potential in the house and its yard, which is home to a 400-year-old live oak tree. They hired Stephanie and Ryan Lemmo, partners at Lemmo Architecture and Design, to renovate the home and add a pool and master suite.
One of the couple's biggest goals for the project was adding more natural light. "They wanted to create an urban sanctuary by connecting indoor and outdoor spaces to oak tree views and to bring light into the existing dark space," says Stephanie. The architects added new windows and skylights to help brighten things up and create exterior views. The light color palette, which was inspired by local shop Nannie Inez, complements the now light-filled space. "The use of subtle colors was the goal but the soft pink color for the kitchen is probably the most fun," says Stephanie. The interiors now feel lively and spacious, and with the addition of the pool, the couple now has the urban retreat they were dreaming of.
A corridor wall was removed to open up the living room and create space for a niche to display records and art, including a painting by Austin artist Patrick Puckett. "The owners are such a fun couple and truthfully had such insanely wonderful taste with the furniture and art additions," says Stephanie.
The architects added a 700-square-foot extension, giving the couple a real master suite. Cedar ceilings go from indoors to outdoors, connecting the space with the terrace and pool area right outside. Another painting by Patrick Puckett adds color to the bedroom, which has a bed and console table by Blu Dot.
Stephanie says the clients wanted the pool to "serve as an urban sanctuary from hot summers in Texas." The pool at local hotspot Hotel San Jose inspired the design.